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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By THE V
The swords and crypts are healthy and massive. ...

The swords and crypts are healthy and massive. The swords have split 4 or 5 times and are blooming again. The crypts are 12-16 inches tall and are in good shape. They have all been in the tank for...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 592
Posted By THE V
You also will probably run into issues with the...

You also will probably run into issues with the goldfish munching on the softer plants. Generally thick tough leaved plants like anubis and some swords do well. A few of the plants in your tank are...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 888
Posted By THE V
Shoot for a very low input setup and low...

Shoot for a very low input setup and low maintanence. How are you going to do water changes. Bucket brigade from the bathroom? Gets old quick.

Think low tech shrimp with little to no ferts....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-19-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By THE V
Guppies, BN Plecos, bolivian rams, a few danios...

Guppies, BN Plecos, bolivian rams, a few danios and neons. I battled some nasty worms for about a year that killed off all of the rainbows and such. Nothing to really keep.

For plants I have...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-18-2015, 12:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By THE V
The dreaded move

I've pulled a job around 900 miles away near where I went to High School.

Moving company says no live plants or fish. My vehicles won't have enough room in them to move them with the two kids...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-12-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By THE V
Fungus. It can cause sensitive plants like...

Fungus. It can cause sensitive plants like crypts to melt. Waterchange and brush it off with your hands as you do so. It will generally go away in a few weeks. Common in newly setup dirt tanks.
Forum: Aquascaping 04-20-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By THE V
The primary decomposer of wood is bacteria and...

The primary decomposer of wood is bacteria and fungus. These slowly degrade the stuff down on the exposed surfaces. Snail, plecos, etc. eat the bacteria and fungi as well as a small amount of wood...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 830
Posted By THE V
Legs must be steel then ;-) Probably a steel...

Legs must be steel then ;-) Probably a steel frame on the bottom of the piece.

If there are uprights internally where the doors attach you could put something like a 40 breeder or 55 gallon on...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 830
Posted By THE V
LOL this is a funny thread. Unless those legs...

LOL this is a funny thread. Unless those legs are steel I wouldn't recommend anyone leaning or sitting on it either. Very nice looking style, but not ment to hold weight.


I'm no engineer but...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-18-2015, 01:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,349
Posted By THE V
125G lowtech tank is the first thing people see...

125G lowtech tank is the first thing people see when they step in the door. Most kids immediately leave nose and handprints on the glass.

Adults are a mix of things. Some are like kids. Some...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 450
Posted By THE V
Actually it only has to be slightly acidic......

Actually it only has to be slightly acidic... 5.5-6.5 range. This allows for some if the iron to be in the ferrous form. Ferric oxide can also be used by plants roots but not as readily.

BTW...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 450
Posted By THE V
Rusty nails are an old gardeners trick. You need...

Rusty nails are an old gardeners trick. You need the cheap ones without any coating or galvanized. Just cheap old steel. My grandfather taught me that one.
Forum: Algae 04-15-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By THE V
Blue green algae.. cyanobacteria. Not actually...

Blue green algae.. cyanobacteria. Not actually an algae at all. Too much light or not enough plants yet.
Forum: Fish 04-11-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 318
Posted By THE V
Any time they are on the glass they are pretty...

Any time they are on the glass they are pretty easy to catch. After lights out grab a big black net. No sneaking needed.
Forum: Fish 04-10-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By THE V
I raised some of these guys using an old method. ...

I raised some of these guys using an old method. They call it incorrectly infusoria. Get a quart jar of established tank water. Drop in an algae tab or other fish food. Put the jar in direct...
Forum: Algae 04-10-2015, 01:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By THE V
BBA in a low tech tank.

Well I had BBA in my low tech 125 for several years now. Never been much of a problem. Usually just a bit on the driftwood and filter outlet.

I added in a bunch of baby guppies and started...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 378
Posted By THE V
PAR of direct sunlight can be as high as 400. ...

PAR of direct sunlight can be as high as 400. What you are describing is 3/4 shade. Should't be any problem.
Forum: Equipment 03-31-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 507
Posted By THE V
Silicon grease around the outside to get a good...

Silicon grease around the outside to get a good seal. It doesn't take much.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By THE V
It all depends upon the bioload on how long in...

It all depends upon the bioload on how long in between filter changes.
There is not set time-frame to cleaning out a filter. You clean it when it is dirty.

When I had goldfish in the 125G tank,...
Forum: Plants 03-31-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By THE V
New roots will generally only grow at the plant...

New roots will generally only grow at the plant node. A node is the point where leaves attach to the stem plant.

When rooting cuttings, first cut the stem close to a node. Then remove the...
Forum: Substrate 03-31-2015, 04:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 150
Posted By THE V
Those are full of peat moss. A major component...

Those are full of peat moss. A major component of many potting soil mixes. It is about the same as any other dirt substrate.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-29-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By THE V
Depends on the filter. On the HOB's I use just a...

Depends on the filter. On the HOB's I use just a sponge. I picked up a pond replacement sponge years ago for like $10. I've cut it up and use it a prefilter for fry tanks as well.

For the...
Forum: Fish 03-29-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By THE V
Just get the levamisole hcl powder. They sell...

Just get the levamisole hcl powder. They sell it labeled as a cattle/sheep dewormer. Around $25/52g plus shipping. It might take 2 or 3 doses to clear it out. You can look up the dosing online. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-27-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,012
Posted By THE V
After 20+ years of keeping fish, I was almost...

After 20+ years of keeping fish, I was almost tempted to buy a test kit. Thank you for helping me save money.

I have run commercial greenhouses without a single test. Then we got a new manager...
Forum: Equipment 03-27-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 724
Posted By THE V
120 is much wider than a 125 which makes it...

120 is much wider than a 125 which makes it easier to scape with plants. The 24" of the 120 makes a big difference compared to the 18" of the 125.

The 125 distributes the weight over a larger...
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